Roma midfielder Alberto Aquilani has passed a medical and agreed a five-year contract with
Reds boss Rafael Benitez identified Italy international Aquilani as his preferred replacement for Xabi Alonso, who joined Real Madrid for around £30million earlier this week.
The now former Roma man is expected to be at Anfield on Saturday to witness his new team-mates take on Atletico
Aquilani dispelled fears over the ankle injury that needed surgery this summer and restricted his appearances for the Serie A club last season.
But he will not be fit to face Tottenham next Sunday in the Premier League season opener at
Announcing the deal on the club website, a
"The player will now continue his rehabilitation from an ankle operation under the guidance of
Aquilani is believed to be earning around £80,000 a week.